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In the nearly year-long absence of international travelers, Taipei’s hotels have begun shifting some of their focus to their food and beverage business, offering attractive package deals and coming up with new, delicious ways to draw in the island’s domestic travelers. As international travel to Taiwan ground to a complete halt last spring following the…

The Sherwood Taipei, one of the city’s longest running luxury hotels, is not only renowned for its refined elegance and classic style, but is also a place where the word “hospitality” is taken very seriously. General Manager Achim von Hake and his expertly trained staff have worked hard over the decades to ensure that both longstanding…

Taiwan was for a time the most advanced colony under the Japanese empire, and there is a lingering affinity in Taiwan for all things Japanese, including its diverse cuisine. While options for Japanese food in the capital Taipei are plentiful, not all can be considered high-quality or authentic. One place that definitely achieves that standard,…

The home-sharing company’s business has grown steadily while it has largely dodged penalties for hosting unlicensed properties on its platform.  For years, Airbnb and Taiwanese regulators have been playing a cat-and-mouse game. Local regulations limit short-stay accommodation rentals to licensed hotels or inns, but most Taiwan properties listed on the home-sharing platform do not meet…